Eric Burwell’s "Progressive Failure" Brett Wesley Gallery says the state of painting, considered dead by critics, creates a rough path for art students, and how painting isn't advancing are the fails, writes Dawn-Michelle Baude at Las Vegas Weekly. “But never mind all that. Although Burwell is short of the 10,000-hour mastery mark, the seven medium- to large-format canvases on display reveal the guy can paint.”
Kristen Peterson on the "intrigue" of Las Vegan Austine Wood Comarow’s light art and Zak Ostrowski’s sculptural benches at the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway. I Las Vegas Weekly
"Canvases ooze. Organic shapes emerge. Pristine innards reveal themselves. Combinations of faux fur, burlap, branches and metal seem ritualistic. Trapped, crowded, free or organized, the arrangements are familiar and unfamiliar, an alien world resembling our own. Paintings of surrealist dripping eyes peer out of the wall works. On large canvases they loom." - Kristen Petersen on Kim Johnson "Wunder Kammer" at Winchester Center I Las Vegas Weekly
Preview work from Reno artists that will be seen at Burning Man. "Here are some of the 100 percent local, home-grown projects." Reno Gazette
Leonardo DiCaprio will purchase " Solar Reserve" (Tonopah, Nevada) (2014) by John Gerrard then donate it to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Art Newspaper
Yoko Ono's first permanent public art installation in the United States,“Sky Landing,” will be in the Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Side. It opens June 2016. Specifics were not revealed. Chicago Tribune
“There can be discussions or fights. Each of us is trying to catch the true capacity of the other. It sometimes seems like a waste of time, but that’s not the case at all." - Public artist and sculptor Jaume Plensa working with fabricators. Forecast Public Art.
Richard Shiff explains why critics have failed painting. "Few of us today balk at the juxtaposition of hand-drawing and digital printing. Each can be manipulated to resemble the other—or not. It remains an artist’s choice, refined or sometimes reversed in response to immediate sensation. Critics, with their comprehensive concepts, shield themselves from such experiential disorder." The Art Newspaper
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Russia: There’s no phrase for “contemporary art” but that hasn’t stopped Moscow from finding a way in. Wall Street Journal + New York Times
Vietnam: Vietnamese contemporary artist are emerging from censorship and embargos. NPR
Africa: "In some ways, Africa is the new China when it comes to art," he added. "We are investing time, money and people to maintain our presence in this market." - Giles Peppiatt, Haveeru Online
20 murals converted into animated GIFs by A.L. Crego. ArchDaily
A Paris bridge uses street art to replace Love Locks. Hyperallergic
Growing street art scene in Tel Aviv comes out of shares the young residents' views on love, war, housing policies and hard earned angst. Papermag
In Portugal, older residents have something to say. Senior citizens taking part in street art movement. Don’t mess with 65-year-old Lata. Telegraph
Junk Dada moved one step further. Portugal–based Artur Bordalo uses tires and appliances to create large-scale images into structural urban wall paper. Slate
“Contemporary art’s job is to wreck what came before.” - John Waters speaking at the Rhode Island School of Design’s commencement.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.